Castlebridge Connection Community Newsletter Michelle Haddad Principal [email protected] December 2014 IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES December 2 Eden Community Food Bank Toonie Tuesday December 3-17 Holiday Food and Mitten Tree Drive Marianne Tennant Vice Principal December 17 Dufflebag Theatre – A Christmas Carol (K-5) Dr. P. Bent Superintendent of Education 905-366-8800 Meredith Johnson Trustee 416-706-9215 December 19 Recognition Assembly Please visit our website to get information on: CASTLEBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOL 2801 Castlebridge Drive Mississauga, ON L5M 5J9 Tel: 905-812-7906 Fax: 905-812-9268 Website: www.castlebridge.peelschools.org Bus cancellation & closing schools due to bad weather Help your family stay warm this winter Traffic safety in our community It's time to register children born in 2011 for kindergarten Register for French Immersion by Jan. 30, 2015 CASL parent consent form Thank you to our Castlebridge community (staff, students and families) for raising $923.60 to support the United Way. As you may know, Castlebridge is a Gold Level Eco-School. As a part of this initiative we want to reduce waste. Less than half of what we put in the garbage actually belongs there. School lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario – the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school year. One way to reduce waste is by renewing our commitment to bring litter-lunches to school. Our goal is to have Castlebridge lunches be entirely litter-less. A Litter-less Lunch is packed using reusable containers rather than disposable bags, disposable containers and packaging or single serving items. You will find that although it takes a little more work to pack a litter-less lunch, in the long run, these lunches are healthier and will save you money! Come on Castlebridge – let’s work together to bring litter-less lunches, and boomerang our compost home. A boomerang lunch is a lunch that has every piece of it returned to its source. In other words, everything in the lunch goes back home at the end of the day. No matter if it is leftover food, containers, recyclables or garbage, it all goes back. Yes, even the garbage. Please help your child pack Boomerang lunches every day. Help create awareness around recycling and encourage and promote the use of reusable containers and utensils. We CAN make a difference! We believe that engaging students in small environmental initiatives can have a big impact. As we try to model environmental best practices for our students, we remind families that we do not provide plastic utensils in the office. Less and less frequently students come down during lunch for a fork or a spoon, in the same way we have gotten use to bringing our own reusable bags to stores, parents need to provide reusable cutlery in their children’s lunches. By doing so, you completely avoid the process of creating a single use item, thus no solid waste is created. But solid waste isn’t the only thing that’s wasteful about plastic cutlery. Plastic cutlery also takes energy and water to create. Help us to create the environmental champions the world needs to help make positive changes. And by doing so, we will educate generations of children about why the right attitude towards the environment is so important. Thanks for helping our school and world reduce waste. “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” David Brower. Merry Everything and Happy Always!